Set in Nevada in the 1860's, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
Ben's neighbor, Joyce Edwards comes to the Ponderosa to ask Ben to help her husband. Ben agrees to help out his old friend, Tom, who was disabled in a hunting accident years ago. Ben and Joyce hope that building a mill will help Tom break free of his depression and the grip that a man, Ezekiel has on his life. Ezekiel, however, has his own plans and he doesn't welcome the interference from Ben and his sons.
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As always, the Cartwrights do their best to help out neighbors in trouble. (and there are no shortage of them) The talents and hard work of the three sons are evident as they work together to build a water mill. It's all in the name of helping a broken man and his long-suffering yet enchanting wife . The once-proud couple have become victims of the evils of gambling and booze, perpetuated by an insidious, manipulative and thoroughly parasitic antagonist. Alas, some people seem to be too far gone as to be beyond help. Still, good thing that Ben Cartwright is always around to tidy the mess up even if things don't exactly go according to plan! Thoroughly engrossing episode.